It was almost a week ago when Krug was an injury replacement for Dennis Seidenberg. Prior to the playoffs, Krug had been playing with the Providence Bruins. Now the 22-year-old defenseman has been thrust into the spotlight as a result of his goal-scoring heroics. He's been so good that he's entering a zone no other rookie defenseman ever has, according to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com:
This is the kind of story that if you pitched to a Hollywood producer, he or she would tell you it's too ridiculous. No player could step into the cauldron that is the Stanley Cup playoffs and make such an immediate impact.
And yet, that's exactly what Krug has done.
It's much too early to start discussing Krug's potential legacy. He's got so few games under his belt it's impossible to predict where his career could go from here.
Of course, the same could be said when another Boston legend came on as a replacement after the starter went down with an injury. Nobody could have expected Tom Brady to become one of the greatest quarterbacks ever when he took over for Drew Bledsoe in 2001.
Could Krug become another legendary Bruins defenseman? Sure.
But there's also the possibility that this is the crowning achievement of his career. If that's the case, there's no shame in it.
At this point, there's no way Claude Julien will freeze him out of the team next season. The Bruins aren't dying for help in the defensive end of the ice—when their players are healthy. Still, the fans will be dying to see what Krug will be able to do with a full season at his disposal.
Even if the Bruins are knocked out of the Eastern Conference Finals in four games, Krug will always his this magical run. Nobody will be able to take away the goals he's scored and performances he's had.
And the further Boston goes, the more Krug's legend will grow. He's already being looked upon as the decisive factor in the team's 4-1 series win over the New York Rangers, as noted by Caryn Switaj of Bruins.com:
If the Bruins manage to knock off the heavily favored Pittsburgh Penguins, Krug won't have to buy himself a drink in Boston ever again.
Normally in a postseason, the biggest talk surrounds which teams and stars have failed to deliver the most. This year has been no exception.
You've got three of the top four seeds in the Western Conference losing in the conference quarterfinals, and the Washington Capitals have failed to make it past the conference semifinals for the sixth straight season.
With Krug's emergence, you've got a great story to cover up all of the disappointment. He has been a welcome story this postseason, and here's to hoping he'll continue this run.